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The Learning Leader Show With Ryan Hawk

As Kobe Bryant once said, “There is power in understanding the journey of others to help create your own.” That’s why the Learning Leader Show exists—to get together and understand the journeys of successful leaders, so that we can better understand our own. This show is full of stories told by world-class leaders. Personal stories of successes, failures, and lessons learned along the way. Our guests come from diverse backgrounds—some are best-selling authors, others are genius entrepreneurs, and one even made a million dollars wearing t-shirts for a year. My role in this endeavor is to talk to the smartest, most creative, always-learning leaders in the world so that we can learn from them as we each create our own journeys.
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Jun 29, 2016

Episode 137: Don Yaeger – How To Become A Master Storyteller

Don Yaeger is an award-winning keynote speaker, business leadership coach, an eight-time New York Times Best-selling author and longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated. Don has fashioned a career as one of America’s most provocative thought leaders. As a speaker, he has worked with audiences as diverse as Fortune 500 companies and cancer survivor groups, where he shares his personal story.

He is primarily sought to discuss lessons on achieving Greatness, learned from first-hand experiences with some of the greatest sports legends in the world. Additionally, Don has been retained by companies and organizations to coach their leaders, management teams and employees on building a culture of greatness by looking at Great Teams in sports and discerning the business lessons we can learn from them.

Throughout his writing career, Don has developed a reputation as a world-class storyteller and has been invited as a guest to every major talk show – from Oprah to Nightline, from CNN to Good Morning America.

Episode 137: Don Yaeger – How To Become A Master Storyteller

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The Learning Leader Show

“The greatest in the world learned to hate losing more than they loved winning.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Taking excuses off the table and understanding the value of who you associate with leads to sustained excellence
  • Looking for imperceptible slights to fuel you – Michael Jordan’s method to motivate himself
  • Listening, always being a student will lead to incredible relationships
  • Understanding how to asks questions that lead people to open up
  • Challenge yourself to be known by 5 words
  • The process of becoming a professional speaker
  • Understanding you have a personal brand and how to cultivate it
  • The 16 things high performing teams do that others don’t
  • Always having a development plan for the next leaders
  • How to make meetings better – It starts with punctuality
  • Learning Leader – John Wooden – Always reading, right up until the end of his life
  • Playing quarterback and how it compares to other parts of life

 “Every other month I flew to California to meet with John Wooden. EVERY time I walked in the room he was reading a book.  He never stopped learning.”

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Episode 086: Seth Godin – How To Become Indispensable & Build Your Tribe

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Don Yaeger on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From DonYaeger.com

Don Yaeger is an award-winning keynote speaker, business leadership coach, an eight-time New York Times Best-selling author and longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated. Don has fashioned a career as one of America’s most provocative thought leaders. As a speaker, he has worked with audiences as diverse as Fortune 500 companies and cancer survivor groups, where he shares his personal story.

He is primarily sought to discuss lessons on achieving Greatness, learned from first-hand experiences with some of the greatest sports legends in the world. Additionally, Don has been retained by companies and organizations to coach their leaders, management teams and employees on building a culture of greatness by looking at Great Teams in sports and discerning the business lessons we can learn from them.

Throughout his writing career, Don has developed a reputation as a world-class storyteller and has been invited as a guest to every major talk show – from Oprah to Nightline, from CNN to Good Morning America.

Jun 26, 2016

Episode 136: Derek Coburn – Networking Is Not Working

Derek Coburn is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller, “Networking Is Not Working: Stop Collecting Business Cards and Start Making Meaningful Connections.” Derek is the CEO and co-founder (along with his wife, Melanie) of CADRE—an un-networking community in Washington, DC—serving CEOs and business leaders, and has hosted numerous bestselling authors and thought leaders at their YOUniversity events. He began his professional journey as a financial advisor in 1998 and has been a partner at Washington Financial Group for 15 years. Derek lives in Washington, DC with his wife Melanie, two sons and pit bull, Bodie. You can connect with Derek on his website and on Twitter at @cadredc.

Episode 136: Derek Coburn – Networking Is Not Working

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The Learning Leader Show

“Derek Coburn is a literal master at networking and human relations.” Marcus Sheridan, The Sales Lion

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • A willingness to be wrong… Curiosity/asking questions, and willing to get feedback leads to sustained excellence
  • The problem with being surrounded by “Yes Men”
  • Read: Persuadable-Great -  How Great Leaders Change-Their Minds to Change the World
  • The importance of curating who is at an event and more importantly, who is NOT there – Keep The Takers OUT
  • The core mission of Cadre
  • Building a network of Givers
  • The blueprint for how everyone can do this
  • Networking – “The intersection of client appreciation and business development”
  • Start hosting small events first
  • “Be Nucleate” – The center of the group
  • Grading your business, your relationships, and yourself – We riffed live on this and it was very interesting. 
  • Being a learning leader means surrounding yourself with people who are constantly growing, learning, improving, and willing to question everything

 “We prevent cheeseballs who want to sling business cards.”

Continue Learning:

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Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 082: Dan Pink – The Science of Motivation, Legendary Writer & Ted Talk

Episode 086: Seth Godin – How To Become Indispensable & Build Your Tribe

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Derek Coburn on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From DerekCoburn.com

Derek Coburn is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller, “Networking Is Not Working: Stop Collecting Business Cards and Start Making Meaningful Connections.” Derek is the CEO and co-founder (along with his wife, Melanie) of CADRE—an un-networking community in Washington, DC—serving CEOs and business leaders, and has hosted numerous bestselling authors and thought leaders at their YOUniversity events. He began his professional journey as a financial advisor in 1998 and has been a partner at Washington Financial Group for 15 years. Derek lives in Washington, DC with his wife Melanie, two sons and pit bull, Bodie. You can connect with Derek on his website and on Twitter at @cadredc.

Jun 22, 2016

Episode 135: Andrew Warner: How To Be A Fearless Interviewer (Mixergy)

Andrew Warner is one of the interviewers I study in order to improve my own interviewing skills.  I love how fearless he is.  He will ask the tough questions that most people are too scared to ask. It became a Meta moment to interview someone who I think is one of the best interviewers in the world.  I loved it!

Andrew Warner was one of the pioneers of the internet startup scene — starting online in 1997 and growing his business into a multi-million dollar venture. When Andrew grew up in New York City, he saw the titans of entrepreneurship — in particular, entrepreneurs from the publishing industry — firsthand.

He remembers thinking to himself that he wanted to do that. He wanted what they had achieved. By any measure, Warner has accomplished this childhood vision, and has made it as an entrepreneur.

After he and his brother achieved their first success, a $30 million per year Internet business, he wanted to share the gift of inspiration and knowledge with budding entrepreneurs. To achieve this end, he started Mixergy, where he invites proven Entrepreneurs to teach how they built their startups. On Mixergy, he has had the founders of Wikipedia, Groupon, LivingSocial, LinkedIn, and over a thousand other fascinating start-ups.

Episode 135: Andrew Warner: How To Be A Fearless Interviewer (Mixergy)

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The Learning Leader Show

“We want to be like the people who will go running in gardening shoes.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Caring and passion leads to sustained excellence
  • How to ask the really tough questions
  • The best one word question an interviewer can ask
  • How Charlie Rose has improved so much as an interviewer
  • Focusing on the bigger mission – What do you want to do?
  • The importance of preparation as an interviewer – And how to deal with potentially being too prepared
  • Hiring a coach – Transcribing his interviews to review them
  • How The Larry Sanders Show helped him as an interviewer
  • Why he started Mixergy
  • Don’t worry about having the right shoes, just go run
  • When interviewing someone, think… What do I really care about?
  • The power of stories

 “If you don’t experience failure early, then you begin to fail it later.  You can’t fear it.”

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Episode 082: Dan Pink – The Science of Motivation, Legendary Writer & Ted Talk

Episode 086: Seth Godin – How To Become Indispensable & Build Your Tribe

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Andrew Warner on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From AndrewWarner.com

Andrew Warner was one of the pioneers of the internet startup scene — starting online in 1997 and growing his business into a multi-million dollar venture. When Andrew Warner grew up in New York City, he saw the titans of entrepreneurship — in particular, entrepreneurs from the publishing industry — firsthand.

He remembers thinking to himself that he wanted to do that. He wanted what they had achieved. By any measure, Warner has accomplished this childhood vision, and has made it as an entrepreneur.

After he and his brother achieved their first success, a $30 million per year Internet business, he wanted to share the gift of inspiration and knowledge with budding entrepreneurs. To achieve this end, he started Mixergy, where he invites proven Entrepreneurs to teach how they built their startups. On Mixergy, he has had the founders of Wikipedia, Groupon, LivingSocial, LinkedIn, and over a thousand other fascinating start-ups.

Jun 19, 2016

Episode 134: Patrick Lencioni – Naked Consulting: Why It Works

I read Pat’s Leadership Fable, “The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team” many years ago and became a huge fan of his work.  “Getting Naked” is another seminal piece on shedding fear.  You’ll notice on this episode that Pat also has a great wit and sense of humor.  I was learning and laughing throughout the conversation.

Pat Lencioni is the founder of The Table Group and the author of 10 books which have sold nearly 5 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. The Wall Street Journal called him "one of the most in demand speakers in America." He has addressed millions of people at conferences and events around the world over the past 15 years. Pat has written for or been featured in numerous publications including Harvard Business Review, Inc., Fortune, Fast Company, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek.

As CEO, Pat spends his time writing books and articles related to leadership and organizational health, speaking to audiences interested in those topics and consulting to CEOs and their teams.

Episode 134: Patrick Lencioni – Naked Consulting: Why It Works

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The Learning Leader Show

“Getting naked… Being completely transparent has been the key to our success.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Humility is the core virtue of sustained excellence
  • A drive for excellence is imperative to be successful – Southwest Airlines
  • Why don’t most leaders do this? They think it’s beneath them
  • How do you not get fooled in the hiring process? Pat answers…
  • “Scare people with sincerity”
  • Why the phrase “it’s just business” is horrible
  • Why his business is called The Table Group
  • It’s important to enjoy each step of growth.  If you don’t enjoy owning one restaurant, you won’t enjoy owning 20 of them
  • Getting naked – Being 100% transparent
  • Don’t sell… Help.  Start to do stuff for a potential client immediately.  Help them from the very beginning before they’ve paid you anything.  They will eventually beg to give you money.
  • Naked Consulting =
    • Don’t be afraid to lose the business
    • Don’t be afraid to be embarrassed – Ask questions
    • Don’t be afraid to feel inferior to your client.  Help them.  Clean the office, carry supplies, do the little things
  • The Ideal Team Player is:
    • Humble
    • Hungry
    • Smart
  • Keynote speech process? Make people an insider.  Make it so they are in on it.  Don’t present, just talk as you normally would.  Be honest.
  • A great learning leader is humble enough to know that she is learning constantly

“The best piece of technology is a table.”

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From TableGroup.com  

Pat Lencioni is the founder of The Table Group and the author of 10 books which have sold nearly 5 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. The Wall Street Journal called him "one of the most in demand speakers in America." He has addressed millions of people at conferences and events around the world over the past 15 years. Pat has written for or been featured in numerous publications including Harvard Business Review, Inc., Fortune, Fast Company, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek.

As CEO, Pat spends his time writing books and articles related to leadership and organizational health, speaking to audiences interested in those topics and consulting to CEOs and their teams.

Prior to founding The Table Group, Pat worked at Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation and Sybase.

Jun 15, 2016

Episode 133: John Ruhlin – Giftology: Radical Generosity Is Your Secret Weapon

John Ruhlin is the founder of The Ruhlin Group, a gift logistics company that helps clients like the Chicago Cubs, Wells Fargo, Caesar s Entertainment, Miami Dolphins, Morgan Stanley, and The John Maxwell Company execute year-round gifting strategies.

John's unique approach to relationships led him to become the #1 salesman for a $250 Million direct sales company by the time he was 23 (out of 1.5 Million reps). He now speaks widely about strategic gifting and relationship building and helps CEOs and sales teams drive referrals and open doors to elusive decision makers.

He is the author of “Giftology.” Ruhlin breaks down how anyone from mail clerk to managing director can master the magic of Giftology; with these and more: Mastering reciprocity, the hidden bottom line booster Laser-targeting whom to give a gift and when to use thrift Uncovering your client s inner circle and becoming part of it Give wholeheartedly to Giftology and reap the rewards of an expanding business and fruitful relationships, professional and personal alike.

Episode 133: John Ruhlin – Giftology: Radical Generosity Is Your Secret Weapon

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The Learning Leader Show

“I Help Leaders Not Suck At Saying Thank You.” – John Ruhlin

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The best gift John ever received – Specific gifts for him, his wife, and his kids based on each of their preferences
  • A thoughtful hand written note on a nice sheet of paper will go a long way
  • Percentage of revenue invested on gift giving
  • Reframing your questioning to: “What’s the most I could give?”
  • Differentiating from all others
  • Why you shouldn’t give gifts at Thanksgiving or Christmas
  • Why you should never put your own logo on a gift
  • How to be a better gift giver in your relationship with your spouse
  • “Surprise and Delight” – “Planned “Randomness”
  • Why you shouldn’t ask for your gift recipient’s address – Find another one to get it
  • Don’t give consumable safe bets – Be thoughtful
  • Think, “How can I help you look good to your most important relationships?’
  • Paying for each employee to have their homes cleaned every two weeks and the benefit his company receives from it
  • How to dominate your specific space like he dominates the appreciation space

“What’s the most I could give?  What’s the craziest thing I could do to show them how much I appreciate them?”

Continue Learning

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Episode 114: Cal Newport – Deep Work Is Your Super Power

Did you enjoy the podcast?

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From RuhlinGroup.com

John Ruhlin is the founder of The Ruhlin Group, a gift logistics company that helps clients like the Chicago Cubs, Wells Fargo, Caesar s Entertainment, Miami Dolphins, Morgan Stanley, and The John Maxwell Company execute year-round gifting strategies.

John's unique approach to relationships led him to become the #1 salesman for a $250 Million direct sales company by the time he was 23 (out of 1.5 Million reps). He now speaks widely about strategic gifting and relationship building and helps CEOs and sales teams drive referrals and open doors to elusive decision makers.

He is the author of “Giftology.” Ruhlin breaks down how anyone from mail clerk to managing director can master the magic of Giftology; with these and more: Mastering reciprocity, the hidden bottom line booster Laser-targeting whom to give a gift and when to use thrift Uncovering your client s inner circle and becoming part of it Give wholeheartedly to Giftology and reap the rewards of an expanding business and fruitful relationships, professional and personal alike.

Jun 12, 2016

Episode 132: Kevin Kelly -  How To See The Future...

Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives—from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture—can be understood as the result of a few long-term, accelerating forces. Kelly both describes these deep trends—interacting, cognifying, flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, tracking, and questioning—and demonstrates how they overlap and are codependent on one another. These larger forces will completely revolutionize the way we buy, work, learn, and communicate with each other. By understanding and embracing them, says Kelly, it will be easier for us to remain on top of the coming wave of changes and to arrange our day-to-day relationships with technology in ways that bring forth maximum benefits. Kelly’s bright, hopeful book will be indispensable to anyone who seeks guidance on where their business, industry, or life is heading—what to invent, where to work, in what to invest, how to better reach customers, and what to begin to put into place—as this new world emerges. (Per Amazon.com)

Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor for its first seven years. His new book for Viking/Penguin is called The Inevitable, with a publication date of June 6, 2016. He is also founding editor and co-publisher of the popular Cool Tools website, which has been reviewing tools daily since 2003. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. His books include the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy, the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control, a graphic novel about robots and angels, The Silver Cord, an oversize catalog of the best of Cool Tools, and his summary theory of technology in What Technology Wants (2010).

Episode 132 Kevin Kelly – How To See The Future...

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The Learning Leader Show

“Their success can prevent future success. It’s difficult to move off that peak.  It’s important to know nothing at times.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Those who cultivate, create, make, and have an ability to see the world a little differently sustain excellence
  • With technology advancements, it’s difficult to sustain a different view
  • Why we should think of ways to optimize our lives
  • The art of making allies instead of enemies
  • “I write in order to tell myself what I think”
  • The power of sharing your journal with the world
  • Why humans will own less and will pay for access to more things
  • Why do we need to sleep? Can we optimize it?
  • Why hasn’t the speed of commercials airlines increased in 30 years?
  • “You are not late – Go do something now”

“What are you trying to optimize in your life?”

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Episode 086: Seth Godin – How To Become Indispensable & Build Your Tribe

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Kevin Kelly on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From KK.org

Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor for its first seven years. His new book for Viking/Penguin is called The Inevitable, with a publication date of June 6, 2016. He is also founding editor and co-publisher of the popular Cool Tools website, which has been reviewing tools daily since 2003. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. His books include the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy, the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control, a graphic novel about robots and angels, The Silver Cord, an oversize catalog of the best of Cool Tools, and his summary theory of technology in What Technology Wants (2010).

Jun 8, 2016

Episode 131: Marshall Goldsmith – The #1 Leadership & CEO Coach In The World

When you google “helping successful leaders,” the name that will appear on almost all 3,500+ results is Marshall Goldsmith…  It was an absolute thrill to learn directly from him during this conversation on The Learning Leader Show.

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries. He has written two New York Times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – a Wall Street Journal #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year. His newest book Triggers: Creating Behavior that Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be was published on May 19, 2015.

Marshall’s global professional acknowledgments include: Harvard Business Review – World’s #1 Leadership Thinker, Institute for Management Studies – Lifetime Achievement Award (one of only two ever awarded), American Management Association - 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years, BusinessWeek – 50 great leaders in America, Wall Street Journal – top ten executive educators, Forbes – five most-respected executive coaches.  Leader of the Future Award, and Global Gurus ranked Marshall #1 World's Top 30 Coaching Professionals for 2016. Marshall's work has been recognized by nearly every professional organization in his field.

Episode 131: Marshall Goldsmith – The #1 Leadership & CEO Coach In The World

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The Learning Leader Show

“He Who Is Not Busy Being Born Is Busy Dying”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Courage, Humility, and Discipline leads to sustained excellence
  • Giving speeches in 96 countries and earning 11 million frequent flyer miles
  • 27 CEO’s have endorsed his new book, “Triggers”
  • Marshall’s strategy and how he “bets” on himself (he doesn’t get paid unless his coaching works)
  • The amount he gets paid and time length: 18 months of coaching for $250,000
  • He’s been coaching for 39 years – He feels incredibly worthy of coaching the best in the world. 
  • He’s the world’s #1 CEO/Leadership coach
  • If you google “helping successful leaders,” Marshall’s name will appear in virtually every result (over 3,500)
  • The daily 2 minute exercise that will change your life – Why you should email Marshall and ask him to send it to you (he sent it to me.  It’s incredible)
  • Don’t use the phrase, “I have this problem.”  Instead say “I used to do that” – Make it past tense, not current
  • Doing your best to set clear goals every single day
  • Being a learning leader means reading and constantly striving to improve

 “I Wrote The Theory About How To Change Behavior”

Continue Learning:

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Episode 082: Dan Pink – The Science of Motivation, Legendary Writer & Ted Talk

Episode 086: Seth Godin – How To Become Indispensable & Build Your Tribe

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Marshall Goldsmith on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From MarshallGoldsmithLibrary.com

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries. He has written two New York Times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – a Wall Street Journal #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year. His newest book Triggers: Creating Behavior that Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be was published on May 19, 2015.

Marshall’s global professional acknowledgments include: Harvard Business Review – World’s #1 Leadership Thinker, Institute for Management Studies – Lifetime Achievement Award (one of only two ever awarded), American Management Association - 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years, BusinessWeek – 50 great leaders in America, Wall Street Journal – top ten executive educators, Forbes – five most-respected executive coaches.  Leader of the Future Award, and Global Gurus ranked Marshall #1 World's Top 30 Coaching Professionals for 2016. Marshall's work has been recognized by nearly every professional organization in his field.

Jun 5, 2016

Episode 130: Ryan Holiday – What Is Your Greatest Enemy? Your Ego

If you enjoyed the first conversation Ryan Holiday and I had, then you will absolutely love this one.  We went much deeper on a number of really interesting topics including: Destiny (does it choose us?), Ego, Stoicism, Risk, Metallica, Focus, Silence, and Gawker Media… I loved it.

Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and prominent writer on strategy and business. After dropping out of college at nineteen to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians. He served as director of marketing at American Apparel for many years, where his campaigns have been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube, and Google and written about in AdAge, the New York Times, and Fast Company. 

His most recent book, “Ego Is The Enemy” draws on a vast array of stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to his­tory. We meet fascinating figures such as George Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Katharine Graham, Bill Belichick, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who all reached the highest levels of power and success by con­quering their own egos. Their strategies and tactics can be ours as well.

Episode 130: Ryan Holiday – What Is Your Greatest Enemy? Your Ego

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“Ryan Holiday is one of his generation’s finest thinkers, and this book is his best yet.” - Steven Pressfield, author of New York Times bestseller “The War of Art”

The Learning Leader Show

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of always being a student – “One cannot learn that which they think they already know.”
  • The remarkable story of Kirk Hammett, lead guitar player for Metallica – His actions upon being hired will blow you away (and inspire you)
  • Ryan’s process for receiving feedback and coaching
  • Why it’s not wise to try and impress others
  • Being motivated to prove people right
  • The importance of your spouse
  • The power of silence and how it relates to Robert Greene’s work in The 48 Laws of Power
  • The phrase confident and secure leaders are willing to say that others are not
  • Don’t follow your passion, follow your effort – Nobody quits what they’re good at
  • What is destiny?  Is it predetermined?
  • Meeting your heroes in person
  • Why Ryan feels that Gawker is one of the worst media companies of all time and the piece he wrote about Peter Thiel
  • Great giveaways for his book

“Be an anteambulo – Clear the path for others to be successful.”

“One cannot learn that which they think they already know.”

Continue Learning:

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Episode 127: Adam Grant – How Originals Impact The World

Episode 117: Tim Urban – Using Procrastination To Perform A TED Talk

Episode 114: Cal Newport – Deep Work Is Your Super Power

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Ryan Holiday is a leader who leads an very interesting life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

From The Prologue of “Ego Is The Enemy”

“While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their image with sheer, almost irrational force, I’ve found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition.”

Jun 1, 2016

Episode 129: Rory Vaden – Why The Best “Take The Stairs”

Self-Discipline Strategist Rory Vaden’s book Take the Stairs is a #1 Wall St Journal, #1 USA Today, and #2 New York Times bestseller. As an award-winning entrepreneur and business leader, Rory Co-Founded Southwestern Consulting™, a multi-million dollar global consulting practice that helps clients in more than 14 countries drive educated decisions with relevant data. He’s also the Founder of The Center for the Study of Self-Discipline (CSSD).

Rory is the world’s leader on defining the psychology around modern day procrastination, called Priority Dilution™ - in fact, he coined the term. He speaks and consults on how to say no to the things that don’t matter, and yes to the things that do. His client list includes companies and groups such as: Cargill, The Million Dollar Roundtable, P&G, True Value, YPO, Wells Fargo Advisors, Land O’Lakes, Novartis, and hundreds more. His insights have recently been featured on/in: Fox News, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc, Fortune, and the New York Times.

Episode 129: Rory Vaden – Why The Best “Take The Stairs”

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The Learning Leader Show

“When I think of a learning leader, I think of someone who is learning and applying.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Being willing to take on the tough moments (like a buffalo does a storm) leads to sustained excellence
  • The relation to Kevin Ollie and “Take The Stairs” that he used with his UConn basketball team
  • The specific number of “reps” Rory has gained as a speaker (Deliberate Practice)
  • The science behind habit forming
  • 70 speaking dates per year
  • The mindset of multiplying time
  • Understanding the most significant tasks
  • Why one of his books totally failed (really interesting and transparent talk from Rory)
  • The impact Zig Zigler had on him as a mentor
  • Being a learning leader means putting what you’ve learned into action.  Action is critical

 “Multipliers create more time tomorrow.”

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From RoryVaden.com

Self-Discipline Strategist Rory Vaden’s book Take the Stairs is a #1 Wall St Journal, #1 USA Today, and #2 New York Times bestseller. As an award-winning entrepreneur and business leader, Rory Co-Founded Southwestern Consulting™, a multi-million dollar global consulting practice that helps clients in more than 14 countries drive educated decisions with relevant data. He’s also the Founder of The Center for the Study of Self-Discipline (CSSD).

Rory is the world’s leader on defining the psychology around modern day procrastination, called Priority Dilution™ - in fact, he coined the term. He speaks and consults on how to say no to the things that don’t matter, and yes to the things that do. His client list includes companies and groups such as: Cargill, The Million Dollar Roundtable, P&G, True Value, YPO, Wells Fargo Advisors, Land O’Lakes, Novartis, and hundreds more. His insights have recently been featured on/in: Fox News, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc, Fortune, and the New York Times.

He is a regular contributor for American Express Open Forum, Huffington Post, and The Tennessean and his articles and insights average more than 4 million views every month. Additionally, he hosts The Rory Vaden Show which is the only nationally syndicated weekly radio show for “movers and shakers in the world of business.”

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